Tennessee (3-3, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) at No. 3 Mississippi (6-0, 3-0), 7 p.m. EDT (ESPN)
Line: Mississippi by 16 1/2
Series Record: Tennessee leads 44-19-1
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Ole Miss is trying to continue its best start since 1962 and stay on top of the SEC’s Western Division. Tennessee has been competitive and is trying to break through with a marquee victory under second-year coach Butch Jones.
Tennessee’s offensive line vs. Ole Miss defense: Tennessee has a young offensive line — including two true freshmen — that has already given up 23 sacks this season. Ole Miss will counter with a defense that’s giving up a conference-low 11.8 points per game and has several talented defensive linemen.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Tennessee: QB Justin Worley: The senior was responsible for five touchdowns (three passing, two running) in a win against Chattanooga last weekend. But he also has been turnover-prone and needs to have a clean game for the Volunteers to have a chance on Saturday.
Mississippi: QB Bo Wallace: Wallace is slowly shedding an inconsistent reputation. He has completed more than 68 percent of his passes this season for 1,700 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions. He ranks second in the SEC with 283.3 passing yards per game and has not turned the ball over in league play.
FACTS AND FIGURES
Ole Miss’ Wallace is the only quarterback in the SEC in the league’s top four in total offense, passing average and pass efficiency. ... The Rebels are one of six remaining undefeated teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision. ... The Ole Miss defense has scored four touchdowns this season while giving up only six. ... Ole Miss has lost 13 of 14 against Tennessee dating back to 1984. The Rebels beat Tennessee 42-17 in 2009 in Oxford. ... Tennessee is trying for its first win against a top-three team since beating No. 3 Georgia 19-14 in 2004. ... Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd has been one of the league’s best freshmen, with 374 yards rushing and two touchdowns. ... Tennessee has played 23 true freshmen.